Category Archives: Common Questions

Creating and Using Groups

Creating groups in a Moodle site can be useful in a number of ways: You can create discussion areas for group projects, keep multiple sections of the same course separated, set different due dates for assignments based on group membership, and even create individual research logs by creating a group for each student. Creating Groups:… More

Transferring a course to the new Moodle server

In July, we set up a fresh installation of Moodle that contains only Summer 2018 and future courses. To transfer over your course content from previous years, follow the instructions detailed below. Transferring a course to the new moodle server More

Removing participants from a manually created course

Any course that is not automatically generated by the registrar’s directory (which is any Moodle course that is not connected to a class) will need to have participants manually added and removed. Instructions for adding participants can be found here: Adding Participants. To remove a manually added participant: Go to Course Administration –> Users –>… More

Create an Assignment

First, make sure editing has been turned on in the course, as described in the “Editing a Course” post.  Go to the course section (week or topic) where you want to create an assignment.  From the “+Add an activity or resource” link, choose Assignment under Activities.  Then click the “Add” button at the bottom of… More

Gradebook Weighting

The Moodle gradebook offers quite a bit of flexibility in setting up your grading method. There are numerous ways you can aggregate grades such as Simple weighted mean of grades, Weighted mean of grades, and natural. The most common aggregation method is weighted mean of grades. Using this method you can determine how much weight… More

Uploading a file to your site

To add a file, such as a Word document (.doc), pdf document, audio, or video file, enter your course and “Turn editing on” using the button in the right-hand corner of the page.  Choose the section that you are interested in, and then click on “+Add an activity or resource” in the bottom right corner… More

Making the course available to students

If the link to your course on the home page is dark blue, then the course is already available to students.  If the course link is gray, and you want the course to be available to the students, click on “Edit Settings” in the Administration block located on the lower left side of the page. … More

Add Participants (including TAs & Auditors)

Add Participants (including TAs & Auditors)

Students registered in a course are automatically added by Moodle, but teaching assistants and mentors need to be added manually to the course. To add a TA or auditor to a course: Click the “Enrolled Users” link under the course name in the Administration box (see picture 1). On the next participants screen, Click the “Enrol users”… More

Copy materials from another course

It is very easy to import materials, including course section descriptions and files, from a previous course rather than reloading them. First, go to the course site that you want to import materials to. Under the course settings, make sure that the number of weeks or topics is set to the same value as the… More